How to Get Free Premium Channels on Comcast Cable

By Irene A. Blake

Premium television channels are paid subscription services that offer viewers special features such as commercial-free movies and series, documentaries, sporting events and other programming. Premium channels also offer content usually not found on other channels. As of this publication, Comcast offers five premium channels -- HBO, Showtime, Starz!, The Movie Channel and Cinemax. To get one or more of these channels free, you need to speak with a Comcast representative.

Step 1

Contact your Comcast sales representative or the toll-free Comcast number on your bill.

Step 2

Ask the representative about current promotions that allow you to try premiums at no additional charge or bundle deals that include premiums with the channels you already watch for the same price or a lower monthly charge.

Step 3

Agree to the service change and write down the name and ID of the representative and the date and time of the call. The representative may ask you to listen to a scripted statement before he can complete the change to confirm on a recording that you really do want to make changes to your account.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the Comcast representative states you're ineligible to have a premium channel added as a promotion or part of a new bundle, shop around for services. Create a list of deals offered by other cable companies that include one or more premium channels for free or a package equivalent in price to what you're currently paying that also includes the channels. When you are finished, call Comcast back and explain that you will switch companies unless you're accommodated.
  • Always ask for the terms of any promotion or bundle deal before agreeing. Most arrangements switch automatically from a free service to paid premium channel setup after a certain time has passed -- usually six months to a year.
  • Always check your Comcast cable statement every month to make certain that you are receiving the premiums at no additional charge during the term period you agreed to.
  • Comcast may not have certain premium channels, or offerings for specific channels within a service, in your area. For example, you may not have The Movie Channel as an option or you may find that although you can get HBO, HBO Signature isn't available.